The Happiest One: A travelog on Bhutan

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A Traveler’s Inn: Bhutan Crossing

“The immigration office of Bhutan is closed. Government holiday.” They told us before we reach for our papers. The train was already late for an hour and a half and we rushed to the Bhutan immigration office at Jaigaon from Hasimara station. As the office closed, we went for lunch. Then we checked the room. It was a nice cozy room with warm sunlight. We took the room for Rs. 1050. Right now, sitting on the sofa, I am writing this to you. The last sunlight falls on my pen. It created a nice shadow over the yellow toned handmade paper. Spending the afternoon is easy here. You just have to sit beside the window and watch people from different parts of two countries. The Bhutan gate is standing still as a symbol of the last Himalayan monarchy. Continue reading

Toy Train: A scattered nostalgia

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“Kuuuuu… JhikJhik-JhikJhik-JhikJhik-JhikJhik. Kuuuuuu…”

 

“The small blue train will take you to the Queen of the hills.”

“It has a steam engine. The original James Watt ones!”

I have grown up listening to the myths about Toy Train, a legendary train that will take you from the mundane plane land to Darjeeling, the queen of the hills. Continue reading

Nakhoda : Portrait of a Mosque

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“Jaffar az Bengal, Sadiq az Deccan;
nang-e-deen, nang-e-millat, nang-e-watan”

 

Moulabi Saheb recited it to us in a desolate tone. He went to the days of despair when Siraj Ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal faced his darkest day in the garden of Palasy. The darkness was so colossal that it immersed the history of sub-continent into an abyss. The verse means “Mir Jafar of Bengal and Sadiq of Decan are disgrace to the faith, disgrace to nation, disgrace to country.” Continue reading

Caged afternoons

The afternoons are mixed with joy and despair. For those, who can play well, it is pure joy to spend the afternoons with footballs and the sweet sound of the bat. However, all of them are not fortunate enough like them. Those are the introverts, they are always in the dilemma of playing and not playing. The dilemma stays for a long time for their life. Most of them choose to stay on the other side of the playground. Continue reading